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Perhaps other staff thought it a great game.
No kidding. Playing Super Mario 3D World last night, on one particular level I said something like, "That's the most beautiful thing I've seen in a game." Not to spoil anything too much, but think sunsets.
Compared to the Wii, the Wii U is a failure in terms of sales so far. However, it's a great console (I own one), and I cannot agree with some of Danny's points regarding the system, because he contradicts himself in ways. He says that Super Mario 3D World is the best platformer in recent memory, yet he also says that he cannot himself buying the system for that game alone, implying that the gaming community at-large will feel the same.
But do the PS4 and Xbox One currently have a game at the level of SM3DW? The gaming community has almost unanimously said "no." Danny then mentions the Wii U's overall library, how it is coming into its own, but then he tries to downplay the system's future releases by mentioning upcoming games that are sure to be the most anticipated, high-quality games on the system. Bottom line is, Wii U is already a must-purchase. There are close to a dozen great games on it, and it's showing itself to be THE console for the platforming lover. That's satisfactory enough for me, anyways.
I am a Nintendo fan, own a Wii U and think it's a great console. But I have seen the confusion over Wii and Wii U in person. Just the other day a grandma and mom were telling their grandson/son, as they were pointing to the Wii U games at Wal-Mart, that he has to buy a "W-i-i" game. Then they proceeded to buy Wii Play for Wii. They thought Wii U games worked on the "W-i-i."
Doesn't take away from the fact that the games are beautiful and a ton of fun. Also, I think A Link Between Worlds has some grit.
I remember the video where Tom McShea and Peter Brown criticized Nintendo's E3 Direct video because it relied too much on its old franchises. Yet, here we have two games from that E3 reveal receiving a nine on this website within virtually the same week. Not only that, the two games release on the same day. Also, Peter wrote a preview piece for Super Mario 3D World and praised it as a fresh entry in the series. And Tom recently made a video gushing over how much he loves A Link Between Worlds. I understand Tom and Peter's points when they criticized the Direct. Having new Nintendo franchises of the highest caliber of quality is a good thing, but it's difficult to criticize Nintendo's old franchises when they consistently find a way to feel so new. In short, don't doubt Nintendo when it comes to its treasured series.
@001011000101101 Did you miss the part where he praises the game for its originality? The major theme of the review seems to be that this is a game that acknowledges its past while creating a whole new, excellent experience. Just look at the selected quotes in the review. He says that this Zelda game does things that none of its predecessors have done before.
@BradBurns @TomMcFail Perhaps another Gamespot editor would have given A Link Between Worlds a lower score. It's likely. You point out the relevancy of subjectivity and differing opinions in your post, so I believe that we can take this reviewer's word for why he believes it's a superb game. He backs his claims up with some good persuasion--still doesn't mean you (or even I) will think A Link Between Worlds is a nine when we play it.
@nousername66 I don't want to paint myself as the epitome of maturity or anything, because that could come off as...immature. However, I'll say this: I am a twenty-four year old college student who is nearly finished with his B.A. in English Language and Literature. I will be entering graduate school soon, and Super Mario 3D World is the main reason I am going to purchase a Wii U. I made a pact with myself, though. I buy myself a Wii U and this excellent looking game if I essentially make honors grades at the end of the semester (I'm on track to do so).
I certainly don't agree with much of what he said, but the "filler" remarks are subjective. I can see how he could view the game's structure negatively. As for the controls, they worked for me about as much as they worked for you. But, if it's any consolation, the game was pretty much universally praised. And you and I enjoyed it.
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